Kreativ.Quartier Lohberg: From colliery to carbon-neutral urban district

In Dinslaken, a whole neighbourhood is changing from a former colliery into the innovative Kreativ-Quartier (Creative.Quarter) of Lohberg – with plenty of space to work, live and relax. Old buildings and areas are being modernised, rebuilt and developed and renewable energy is being generated locally – with the aim of creating a CO2-neutral urban district.

The town of Dinslaken and RAG Montan Immobilien GmbH (a real estate company) are working on a joint project to turn the former coalfield into an innovative flagship neighbourhood for climate protection and the ‘Energiewende’ by the year 2020 – offering a lot of added value for 7,000 people and companies locally.

Engine for progress:

  • comprehensive climate-friendly neighbourhood development
  • innovative connection to renewable energy resources
  • energy-efficient upgrade of various buildings
  • large-scale renaturalization increases quality of life
  • better adapted to climate change

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Photo: RAG Montan Immobilien / Thomas Stachelhaus

In collaboration with the residents of Dinslaken’s district of Lohberg, artists Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser erected a building made of recycling material in the mining park, which became the new central “power station”. In the eponymously-titled structure (“Kraftwerk” means power station), the duo of artists expresses a core theme of the local area, its past and its future. Thus, the power station established here was built and operated using energy produced by humans only: the facility looks at power generation after the era of fossil fuel-based energy sources in all its complexity and brings it to a practical, useful, local level.

Innovative new buildings and upgrades

The former coal mine of Lohberg-Osterfeld stands at the centre of the new development. Many existing listed buildings have already been refurbished and accommodate the artists of the Creative.Quarter. In the north, an area of new buildings is being created with low-energy and energy-plus houses for around 250 residents; in the south, there will be a modern business park. In the central area, the “Bergpark” (mining park) – a recultivated green landscape with a lake – is already open. The Lohberg Corso, a walkway which runs through the whole area and is car-free, is also finished. To the west of the new neighbourhood, there is the listed garden city area with its old miners’ cottages.

Renewable energy from local sources

The energy supply for the Creative.Quarter Lohberg, for the new housing and business areas and for the signage in the extensive outdoor leisure facilities is provided exclusively by renewable energy resources. Electricity and heat are generated locally from solar energy, wind power, biomass, mine gas and geothermal heat. The excess energy produced goes to the old garden city of Lohberg. The company HHS Architects from Kassel designed this innovative energy concept on behalf of Dinslaken public utilities and it is being put into practice for the former miners’ town of Lohberg by Innovation City Management GmbH from Bottrop. The extensive experience gained in the improving of buildings’ energy efficiency of the model town of Bottrop contributes to this.

Additional measures to adapt to climate change

In Lohberg, many areas have been unsealed on a large scale and new open spaces have been created – this takes the pressure off the drainage system when it rains hard and has a positive effect on the microclimate. In addition, a semi-natural rainwater management system has been developed in the Creative.Quarter of Lohberg. The Lohberg pond stands at the centre of this and it also improves the quality of life for people living in the neighbourhood.

Direct involvement of the local people

Local residents and owners are constantly involved in the project by means of events, discussion panels and the media. E.g. through special artwork and exhibits, such as the “Kraftwerk Lohberg” (“Lohberg power station”) – a building constructed from recycled material which is supplied with energy by pedalled machines and human muscle power; it was built by the artistic duo Köbberling/Kaltwasser in collaboration with the citizens of Lohberg. The “Energiewende” can be experienced at first hand here in Lohberg.

Project video Kreativ.Quartier Lohberg

Video: KlimaExpo.NRW

Photo: RAG Montan Immobilien / Dietmar Klingenburg

Through the Kreativ-Quartier (Creative.Quarter) of Lohberg project, we get people on board, motivate them and inspire them on our journey to better climate protection.

Bernd Lohse, Project Manager at the RAG Montan Immobilien property company

Partners and sponsors

  • Stadt Dinslaken - Fachdienst Stadtentwicklung und Bauleitplanung
  • RAG Montan Immobilien GmbH
  • Stadtwerke Dinslaken
  • Ministerium für Bauen, Wohnen, Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr (MBWSV)
  • Ministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz (MKULNV)
  • Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Energie, Industrie, Mittelstand und Handwerk (MWEIMH)